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In the United States, driver’s licenses are issued by individual states under their laws. This system created a way to ensure concepts of federalism were upheld in the U.S. and also because some states retain their authority in specific areas of the law.

In 1899, Chicago and New York City were recognized as the first cities to issue driver’s licenses after license applicants passed a test. Massachusetts and Missouri were the first states to issue driver’s licenses, beginning in 1903.

Illinois eventually passed its driver’s license law in 1939 and did not require that drivers pass an examination until 1953. Before the enactment of this legislation, many states did not issue driver’s licenses.

The Illinois Supreme Court originally decided that licensing requirements imposed on private individuals were unconstitutional. Many states followed Illinois’ lead until the Great Depression era. In the years that followed, states began imposing license requirements, likely for revenue purposes.

Today, the Illinois Secretary of State is responsible for administering licenses under its Driver Services Department. The requirements for obtaining a license include:

  • Applicants must complete 50 hours of driving
  • Complete a driver’s education course
  • Show proof of enrollment in school
  • Retain a driver’s permit for nine months before applying for a driver’s license
  • Individuals receiving a moving violation during the 9-month period must restart the waiting period
  • People under 18 must honor the curfew requirements, which maintain no driving between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

This web page will address the Illinois DMV locations across the state.

Reasons to Visit the DMV Offices in Illinois

It is essential to regularly maintain an Illinois license, license plate, and registration, which is vital if involved in an auto accident. In addition to issuing driver’s licenses, the DMV offices in Illinois provide:

  • Road tests
  • Driver’s license renewals
  • Driver’s permits
  • Identification cards
  • Vehicle registration
  • License plates
  • Titles
  • Child passenger safety seat fitting stations
  • Vehicle emissions testing stations
  • Hearings and appointments

The Illinois Vehicle Code

The Illinois Vehicle Code contains specific requirements for obtaining a license, identification card or permit. The act mandates that every person must have a driver’s license to operate motorized vehicles on the roads of Illinois. Recently, the Illinois Code was amended to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for and obtain driver’s licenses in the state.

Also, the act maintains a clear distinction between state regulations for licenses and municipal ordinances. Municipalities and cities may not override state law or require individuals to obtain additional licenses.

Some of the other notable points of the Code include:

  • An employee of the U.S. government or Armed Forces is not obligated to have an Illinois license while on official business.
  • Nonresidents do not need Illinois licenses if they have a license from their state or country.
  • Individuals receive a renewal letter 60 to 90 days before the expiration of a license.
  • People might need to fulfill other testing requirements for a renewal of a license, such as vision screening or a new driving exam (applicable to residents over 75).
  • Every eight years, every driver is required to take a written exam unless they have not violated a traffic law.

Illinois DMV Locations

Illinois DMV locations reside within the following cities:

  • Chicago
  • Aurora
  • Rockford
  • Naperville
  • Springfield
  • Peoria
  • Joliet
  • Elgin
  • Waukegan
  • Belleville
  • Plainfield
  • Des Plaines
  • Champaign
  • Decatur
  • Cicero
  • Bloomington
  • Arlington Heights
  • Evanston
  • Palatine
  • Schaumburg

ChicagoMelrose Park Sec. of State Facility1903 North Mannheim Road Melrose Crossing Shopping CenterMelrose Park, IL 60160(312) 793-1010

ChicagoSecretary of State Facility650 Roppolo DriveElk Grove Village, IL 60007(312) 793-1010

ChicagoSec. of State Facility – North5401 North Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60630(312) 793-1010

ChicagoLombard Sec. of State Facility837 South Westmore Road Eastgate Shopping CenterLombard, IL 60148 (630) 629-8305

ChicagoSec. of State Facility – West5301 W. Lexington Ave.Chicago, IL 60644(312) 793-1010

AuroraAurora Secretary of State Facility339 East Indian TrailAurora, IL 60505(630) 896-9880

AuroraNaperville Sec. of State Facility931 W. 75th St. Ste. 161, Hobson Shopping CenterNaperville, IL 60565(630) 355-9815

AuroraWest Chicago Sec. of State Facility1280 Powis RoadWest Chicago, IL 60185(312) 793-1010

AuroraWheaton Secretary of State Facility128 West Liberty DriveWheaton, IL 60187(312) 793-1010

AuroraLombard Sec. of State Facility837 South Westmore Road Eastgate Shopping CenterLombard, IL 60148(630) 629-8305

RockfordRockford Sec. of State Facility3720 E. State St.Rockford, IL 61108(815) 394-0179

RockfordRoscoe Secretary of State Facility10631 Main St. Village HallRoscoe, IL 61073(815) 623-9063

RockfordDekalb Secretary of State Facility1360 Oakwood St.Dekalb, IL 60115(815) 756-7781

RockfordWoodstock Sec. of State Facility428 S. Eastwood DriveWoodstock, IL 60098(312) 793-1010

RockfordDixon Secretary of State Facility925 S. Peoria Ave.Dixon, IL 61021(815) 288-6685

NapervilleNaperville Sec. of State Facility931 W. 75th St. Ste. 161, Hobson Shopping CenterNaperville, IL 60565 630) 355-9815

NapervilleWest Chicago Sec. of State Facility1280 Powis RoadWest Chicago, IL 60185(312) 793-1010

SpringfieldSpringfield Howlett Facility501 S. Second St.Springfield, IL 62756(217) 782-0308

SpringfieldSpringfield Klein & Mason Facility316 North KleinSpringfield, IL 62702(217) 782-4850

SpringfieldSpringfield Dirksen Pkwy. Facility2701 S. Dirksen ParkwaySpringfield, IL 62723(217) 782-6030

SpringfieldTaylorville Sec. of State Facility1400 East Park St.Taylorville, IL 62568(217) 824-3006

SpringfieldLincoln Sec. of State Facility2200 N. Kickapoo St.Lincoln, IL 62656(217) 732-7617

PeoriaPeoria Sec. of State Facility3311 N. Sterling Ave. #12, Sterling Bazaar Shopping PlazaPeoria, IL 61604 (309) 686-6040

PeoriaPekin Sec. of State Facility200 S. Second St.Pekin, IL 61554(309) 346-6186

PeoriaRoanoke Sec. of State Facility106 West Broad St.Roanoke, IL 61561(309) 923-6381

PeoriaLacon Sec. of State Facility127 Prairie St.Lacon, IL 61540(309) 246-3395

PeoriaCanton Sec. of State Facility1015 West Locust St.Canton, IL 61520(309) 647-6811

JolietJoliet Secretary of State Facility201 S. Joyce RoadJoliet, IL 60435(312) 793-1010

JolietFreeport Sec. of State Facility1054 N. Riverside DriveFreeport, IL 61032(815) 235-4164

JolietOrland Park Sec. of State Facility14700 S. Ravinia Ave.Orland Park, IL 60462(312) 793-1010

JolietBridgeview Sec. of State Facility7358 West 87th St.Bridgeview, IL 60455(312) 793-1010

ElginElgin Secretary of State Facility595 S. State St.Elgin, IL 60123(312) 793-1010

WaukeganWaukegan Sec. of State Facility617 S. Green Bay RoadWaukegan, IL 60085(312) 793-1010

LibertyvilleLibertyville Sec. of State Facility342 Peterson RoadLibertyville, IL 60048(312) 793-1010

BellevilleBelleville Sec. Of State Facility400 W. Main St.Belleville, IL 62220(618) 236-8750

BellevilleGranite City Sec. Of State Facility1810 Edison Ave.Granite City, IL 62040(618) 877-2451

BellevilleEast St. Louis Facility8750 Church LaneEast Saint Louis, IL 62203(618) 397-9488

BellevilleWaterloo Sec. of State Facility511 Illinois Ave.Waterloo, IL 62298(618) 939-3663

BellevilleEdwardsville Sec. of State Facility1502A Troy RoadEdwardsville, IL 62025(618) 656-8956

PlainfieldFreeport Sec. of State Facility1054 N. Riverside DriveFreeport, IL 61032(815) 235-4164

PlanoPlano Secretary of State Facility712 E. South St.Plano, IL 60545(312) 793-1010

Des PlainesSecretary of State Facility650 Roppolo DriveElk Grove Village, IL 60007(312) 793-1010

Des PlainesSec. Of State Facility – North5401 North Elston Ave.Chicago, IL 60630(312) 793-1010

ChampaignChampaign Sec. of State Facility2401 W. Bradley Ave.Champaign, IL 61822(217) 278-3344

ChampaignRantoul Sec. of State Facility421 South Murray RoadRantoul, IL 61866(217) 892-8773

ChampaignMonticello Sec. of State Facility1205 Bear LaneMonticello, IL 61856(217) 762-2841

ChampaignTuscola State Facility211 South Main St.Tuscola, IL 61953 (217) 253-2813

ChampaignGibson City Sec. Of State Facility304 W. Second St.Gibson City, IL 60936(217) 784-4351

DecaturDecatur Sec. of State Facility3149 N. Woodford St.Decatur, IL 62526(217) 875-1650

CiceroSec. Of State Facility – West5301 W. Lexington Ave.Chicago, IL 60644(312) 793-1010

BloomingtonBloomington Sec. Of State Facility1510 West MarketBloomington, IL 61701 (309) 827-3531

BloomingtonPontiac Sec. of State Facility507 Crane St.Pontiac, IL 61764(815) 844-5766

Individuals can make appointments in advance by calling the DMV phone number for the relevant location. Making an appointment can help you avoid long lines and save time.

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